Appointing Department Web Address: http://uwbotanicgardens.org
Location Detail: Washington Park Arboretum
Posting Date: 06/07/2013
Closing Info: Closes On 06/23/2013
Salary: $2482-$3293 per month
Union Position: Yes This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit Union Information
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The University of Washington Botanic Gardens was established in 2005 to unite the gardens and programs of the Washington Park Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture. As part of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and College of the Environment, UW Botanic Gardens is an international hub for plant science and ecosystem research, teaching, and stewardship. The nationally renowned living plant collection contains over 10,000 specimens. It's located around the shoreline of Union Bay on Lake Washington. If you’re looking for a place to walk, study, express your artistic talents, purchase a nature-inspired gift, or schedule a meeting or wedding, we invite you to visit both locations. You’ll find many opportunities for individual enjoyment and learning, as well as guided tours, classes and other programs.
The University of Washington Botanic Gardens, within the College of the Environment, has an outstanding opportunity for a Gardener for the new Washington Park Arboretum Pacific Connections New Zealand Garden.
Under UW Botanic Gardens manager of horticulture supervision, this position will perform skilled horticulture tasks requiring knowledge of cultivation and maintenance of the plant collections and flora of the Pacific Connections Garden New Zealand exhibit in Washington Park Arboretum. Also, may assist with other plant collections and gardens project support w/ UWBG horticulture staff, when scheduled by UWBG manager of horticulture.
Weed management: hand, mechanical, may assist in herbicide application.
Soil management: cultivation, topdressing with organic mulches, may assist remediation of compacted and poorly drained soils.
Mulching: applying of wood chip mulch to landscape beds.
Fertilization: applying granular and liquid fertilizers.
Irrigation: setup and operate manual sprinklers for irrigation of collection plantings and may assist with MAXICOM system maintenance, minor repairs and scheduling.
Pruning: pruning plant collections and native flora.
Planting and transplanting: installation of container and balled and burlapped trees and shrubs, may assist BB transplanting of trees, and may plant seed and transplants for seasonal color.
Landscape plant grooming: leaf and debris removal, raking, etc. grooming display beds.
Application of horticultural chemicals: application of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides and other materials as prescribed in UWBG IPM programming.
Brush clearing: removal of woody brush and invasive plants, plus follow up controls and site restoration.
Assist in large tree work: may provide ground support for tree pruning and removal and chipping of limbs.
Hardscapes: may install and maintain interpretive signs, benches, fencing, rock work, and small trails and stairs.
Landscape renovation: site preparation including soil and plant installation, trail work, rock installation and the ability to follow written prints and instructions.
Use of manual tools and equipment: rakes, hand edger, loppers, shovels, wheelbarrows, weeding forks, hoes, pruning shears, and pesticide sprayers.
Operate power and motorized equipment: examples include; weed trimmers, chain saws, backpack blowers, tillers, small trucks, utility vehicles, lawn mowers, and sod cutters. With safety and operator training, may operate tractors, back-hoe, brush chipper and stump-grinder.
Ambassadorship: leading volunteer work parties, tours and providing public outreach for visitors of the Pacific Connections Garden.
Record Keeping: With training, submit plant condition and dead plant reports and other horticulture records.
Direct the work of others: May lead individual volunteers and community service projects.
Perform related duties as required. Requirements: -Physical ability to do the required work AND one year of experience or training involving grounds maintenance, plant care, cultivation and landscape installation OR equivalent education/experience.
-Basic plant ID and culture (horticulture).
-Possession of a valid State of Washington Driver’s License and Washington State Public Operators Pesticide Control License (may be obtained within first 6 months of employment).
Desired: -Plant ID of New Zealand plants.
-A college degree in horticulture or related field.
Condition of Employment: Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
-Must be able and willing to work outside in all types of weather.
-Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
-May include occasional weekend work.
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line Employment Eligibility assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.